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Nasal polyps

Nasal polyps are painless soft growths inside your nose.

Symptoms of nasal polyps include a blocked or runny nose, a reduced sense of smell and snoring.

Nasal polyps are usually treated with steroid nose drops or sprays. Surgery to remove the polyps may be needed if steroids do not work.

It's not clear what causes nasal polyps.

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Symptoms of nasal polyps include a blocked or runny nose, a reduced sense of smell and snoring.

Check if you have nasal polyps

Symptoms of nasal polyps include:

Nasal polyps can sometimes feel like a cold, but colds tend to clear up within a few days, whereas nasal polyps will not get better unless they're treated.

If your polyps block your sinuses, the air pockets around your nose, you may also have symptoms of sinusitis.

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Nasal polyps are usually treated with steroid nose drops or sprays. Surgery to remove the polyps may be needed if steroids do not work.

Medical treatments

A GP should be able to tell if you have nasal polyps by looking inside your nose.

If you have nasal polyps, you'll usually be given steroid nose drops or a spray to shrink the polyps.

You may be given steroid tablets, usually for up to 2 weeks, if:

  • your polyps are large
  • nose drops and sprays did not work

Surgery to remove polyps

If there's no sign of improvement after about 10 weeks, your GP may suggest surgery to remove your polyps.

Most people who have surgery see an improvement, but it's common for polyps to grow back, usually within a few years.

Important

You may need to keep using a steroid nasal spray after surgery to stop the polyps returning quickly.

Read more on the NHS website.

It's not clear what causes nasal polyps.

Read more on the NHS website.